You won’t know whether you’ll like a school until you visit. Each is unique. And even then you might think you know but you won’t know until after you attend.
I assume you have a budget ? If so, it should dictate where you would apply moreso than her desires.
If your looking at PA branch schools, if you didn’t know where they were on the map you could not tell they were different than any similar branch school in Ny, SUNY, or otherwise - ie all schools are different but if you took her to Ramapo or SUNY name you school but had blind folded her told her upon arrival you were at a PA school she wouldn’t know otherwise.
At our (southcentral PA) high school, Bloomsburg is more popular than Kutztown. Both schools have AACSB-accredited business schools. Your daughter may very well like Bloomsburg better than Kutztown. i think it would be worthwhile to visit Bloomsburg. As you know, different schools have different vibes. Has your daughter considered West Chester?
I am familiar with both schools, and I think you will find a different vibe at Bloom than at KU. Due to location, they attract a different cohort of kids than KU.
I visited Bloom about 4 years ago for work, and enjoyed my visit there. As of 2021, the state of PA began merging 6 of the 14 state schools together due to falling enrollment and budget constraints. Bloom has been mergered as one with Lock Haven and Mansfield. California, Clarion and Edinboro in the western part of the state have also been merged together. All will maintain their campuses, but they will have to share resources.
Of these schools, Bloom is the largest. It may be that they do not notice or experience the lack of resources or reduction in quality that the smaller schools will endure from the merger. I have heard direct feedback from students at Lock Haven about reduced students services and even some classes moving online. This is disappointing, but not surprising, since this is a cost cutting move.
So, buyer beware of the merger, and how it may impact a student’s experience at any of these listed schools.
In addition to Shippensburg, Millersville is worth considering. It has a decent campus and just outside of Lancaster City, which is a great smaller city with lots of great restaurants and activities. Also has a new School of Business that will be opening in a few years.
Bloomsburg is different enough that it’s worth a visit.
Also take her to visit West Chester and SUNY New Paltz for a similar vibe but closer to cities.
Depending on your budget, run the NPC first then see if Susquehanna, Temple, or Drexel may be of interest.
Have you looked at McDaniel College? It’s just 10 miles south of the PA border, in Maryland. There are multiple business-related majors, including business administration, marketing, international business, accounting, actuarial science, and an entrepreneurship minor. Admissions stats are in the same ballpark as Susquehanna.
We are also in NJ and my D23 is a lot like yours. She is not interested in NJ schools either, but I will have her apply to Rutgers and Rowan for their financial aid.
Has she visited Rowan? Rowan is really nice. Open House this Sunday!
My daughter’s favorites so far are UMaine and Susquehanna.
I also really like Elizabethtown. It’s similar to Susquehanna but it’s a little more convenient, being closer to Harrisburg, Hershey, and Lancaster, and having a train station in town. They also have lower tuition, a good freshman retention rate, and a four year graduation guarantee. It’s strong in the health care fields.
I’m a little biased. I have kids who graduated from Rowan and Elizabethtown.